Bez: Newcastle Utd just need a 15-goal striker

FORMER MAGPIE ... Loic Remy

FORMER MAGPIE ... Loic Remy

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NEWCASTLE United need just one more piece to complete their summer jigsaw.

That’s the verdict of former player John Beresford ahead of the club’s season-opener against Manchester City, another of his old teams.

Newcastle have signed nine players this summer.

And Beresford – who spent six years at United in the 1990s – feels manager Alan Pardew is just short of a 15-goal striker.

“The signings have given the club a lift,” Beresford told the Gazette. “Looking at them, you can see they are the kind of players that will fit into how Pardew wants to play.

“Hopefully, they’ll be round about the top six this season.”

Loic Remy scored 14 goals during his season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.

During Remy’s absences last term, the team struggled to find the net, especially in the latter months of a campaign which promised much but only delivered a 10th-placed finish in the Premier League.

Beresford said: “Looking at Newcastle in the first half of last season, they were able to get a goal even when they weren’t playing well.

“That gives you confidence. When you haven’t got that, it gives you a different mentality. You’re on the back foot – you’re trying to hold on to a 0-0.

“That’s obviously where they needed to improve this summer. Looking at the siginings, you don’t see a 15-20-goal striker. Hopefully, they’ll bring one in.

“I think the club has to forget about Loic Remy, but the club needs that type of player.”

Beresford started his career at City before leaving for Portsmouth, where he made his name and earned a £250,000 move to St James’s Park in 1992. City are a very different proposition these days, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are odds-on to open their title defence with a win.

But Beresford said: “You always want a good game to start the season. It’s nice to play a top team, and Newcastle have got the champions.

“It’s a great game for Newcastle – it’s win-win.

“You’d expect Man City to be competing for the title again, and I just think Newcastle can catch them out a little bit if they play to their ability.”